Paquin and Bell Will ‘Scream’, Trio Audition for ‘M:I 4’ and Lindelof Offers ‘Star Trek 2’ Update

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Those of you planning to see Scream 4 can expect to see the usual celebrity cameos. USA Today reports Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell now have roles in the film, and I’m assuming they’ll die within the opening scene. Scream 4 is currently filming in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is set for an April 15, 2011 release. You can get a whole bunch of information on the film’s production right here.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit has the exclusive on Katie Holmes joining Adam Sandler and Al Pacino in Jack and Jill. Sandler will play dual roles in the film as the titular twin siblings, with Jack being a family man who must deal with Jill when she visits for Thanksgiving and won’t leave. Holmes will play Sandler’s wife and Pacino will play himself. The film is being produced under the Happy Madison banner, and is being directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, Big Daddy). In other words, expect terrible reviews and big box-office numbers.

The Wrap has learned that Anthony Mackie, Kevin Zegers and Chris Egan have auditioned to join Tom Cruise’s team in Mission: Impossible 4, although it is unclear if they are competing with one another or are eyeing separate roles.

Mackie is piping hot after breaking out in The Hurt Locker, Egan recently starred opposite Amanda Seyfried in Letters to Juliet and Zegers is the former Air Bud child star turned heartthrob set to star alongside Hilary Duff in the Bonnie and Clyde remake. It has been suggested that a younger co-star will be brought in to become Tom Cruise’s protege in an effort to counteract the star’s fading box-office pull but surely these names don’t offer the type of star power needed for such a part, do they?. I’m guessing not and I’ll assume these are secondary roles, with the casting for the main protege role to come at some later date. Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg have already been confirmed to return for another run in the M: I crew.

Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) is working on an adaptation of the 2009 British miniseries Unforgiven that is being tailored as a starring vehicle for Angelina Jolie according to Deadline. The story centers on a woman who attempts to rejoin society after serving a 15-year prison term for the murder of two policemen, but is being targeted for a revenge campaign by two sons of one of her victims. 15 years seems a bit short for such a crime, doesn’t it? But I guess if she served a life sentence we wouldn’t be able to see a movie about her. Either way, I’m sure they’re going to change the title to avoid any confusion with the Clint Eastwood Oscar-winner so stay tuned for an update on that.

E! News managed to catch up with Star Trek 2 producer Damon Lindelof, who offered some insights on the rather ambitious direction they are planning to take the upcoming sci-fi sequel. Here’s the quote:

“We’re looking at a movie like The Dark Knight, which went one step beyond Batman Begins. It was really about something, and at the same time it was a superhero movie. We don’t want to abandon all the things that made the first movie work… but we also really want the movie to thematically resonate.

The Sydney Morning Herald has posted an interesting profile on Joss Whedon, director of the upcoming Marvel superhero extravaganza The Avengers. It mainly focuses on his career up to this point, with a few of his thoughts on the creative process for The Avengers thrown in the mix. It’s a good read, especially if you are like me and know very little about the guy.

And lastly is just a quick production note on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance following the announcement that the Nicolas Cage sequel will begin shooting this fall in Romania. [HotNews]